Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

One Small Candle Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

One Small Candle Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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"All the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of one small candle." Beautifully engraved tiles with inspiring ideas such as this one, written by an 18-year-old, decorate the wall of a shopping mall near my home. Pondering the idea of the candle, I asked myself what it means to be a light in the world.

The answer to this question is in the teaching of Christ Jesus, found in the Holy Bible. According to the book of Matthew, Jesus said to his followers: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (5:14-16).

How do we let our light shine? We can begin by praying, learning to know that God, who is Love, gives us unlimited opportunities to express love to our fellow men and women. Examples of this include our comforting someone who is fearful and letting someone know of God's care for all of us as His beloved children. Being patient, honest, and unselfish in our relationships with family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and strangers-even when this might not seem easy-is another example. So is showing compassion through words or deeds, as Jesus taught others to do by his own example. This brings out God's power to heal.

Actions like these are natural to us, showing our spiritual nature as God's sons and daughters. God is the Parent, the Father and Mother, of all, and we let our light shine when we express His love for us, which is unchanging, constant, ever present.

My husband and I witnessed such an expression of love when a little child's action let God's light shine naturally for all to see. We were on an airplane that was on the runway getting ready for takeoff. A little girl, maybe about five years old, gently put both arms around her younger brother to comfort him as the plane accelerated. …

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